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V EÚ sa každoročne medzi krajinami prepraví viac ako 780 miliónov živých sliepok, 35 miliónov prasiat a viac ako štyri milióny kusov hovädzieho dobytka. Na Slovensku sa v klietkach chová až 83 percent sliepok, čo je tretí najvyšší podiel v celej EÚ.

Eurokomisia preskúma slovenské tresty za marihuanu
Európska komisia preskúma vysoké tresty, ktoré Slovensko udeľuje za držanie marihuany a jej lekárske využívanie. Uviedla to európska komisárka Ylva Johansson v odpovedi na žiadosť europoslanca Michala Šimečku (PS/RE).

Remišová: Slovensko už poslalo novú partnerskú dohodu do Bruselu
Podľa podpredsedníčky vlády pre regionálny rozvoj teraz začínajú tvrdé rokovania s Európskou komisiou. 

Zlyhania právneho štátu budú Poľsko stáť milión eur denne
Súdny dvor EÚ vymeral Poľsku pokutu za nevyhovenie jeho rozsudku. Disciplinárna komora najvyššieho súdu, ktorá sudcov vystavovala politicky motivovanému stíhaniu, totiž aj naďalej prejednáva prípady. 

Píše Martin Klus: Korčuľujme tam, kde puk ešte len bude
„Strategický výhľad znie možno na prvé počutie abstraktne a zložito, ale mali by sme ho vnímať ako inovatívny nástroj na formovanie politík,“ píše v komentári štátny tajomník rezortu diplomacie, MARTIN KLUS. V rámci EÚ agendy strategického výhľadu zastupuje Slovensko ako tzv. minister pre budúcnosť.

Diskusia | Dá sa bojovať proti násiliu na ženách bez rodovej rovnosti?
Dajú sa ciele Istanbulského dohovoru naplniť aj bez prepojenia s rodovou politikou? Čo by mala obsahovať nová únijná legislatíva? Diskusia sa venuje práve týmto otázkam.

Agrorezort o krátení dotácií zo strany Komisie: Nič ešte nie je definitívne
Európske inštitúcie Pôdohospodárskej platobnej agentúre zatiaľ stále neveria, že dokáže dostatočne chrániť finančné záujmy EÚ. 

Zastupuje reťazce na Slovensku: Ponuku mäsa regulovať netreba, trh sa zreguluje sám
Kým pred piatimi rokmi rastlinné alternatívy v regáloch obchodov neboli, teraz sa predávajú na najlepších miestach, tvrdí predseda Slovenskej aliancie moderného obchodu MARTIN KRAJČOVIČ. „No žiadny obchodník si nemôže dovoliť skrachovať len preto, že niektoré potraviny prestane ponúkať, kým konkurencia nie,“ hovorí.

Rezort financií nezmenšil kolky, smernica o odpade ho zdvojnásobí
Nové varovania o plastoch sa už na cigaretové obaly nezmestili, výrobcovia tak na trh posielajú dvakrát väčšie škatuľky. Zabrániť sa tomu dalo zmenšením kolkov, to však ministerstvo financií doteraz neprisľúbilo. Takéto cigarety teda bude musieť prepravovať aj dvakrát viac kamiónov.

Diskusia | Turecko ako partner EÚ: Poučenia z migračnej krízy a prípravy na novú
Ako si Turecko poradí s ďalším prílivom utečencov? Zneužije krajina túto krízu opäť predovšetkým vo svoj prospech? Poučila sa Únia z predchádzajúcej spolupráce s Ankarou? Sledujte diskusiu venovanú práve týmto otázkam.

Európske noviny

I. Korčok: Srbsko je naším najväčším obchodným partnerom v regióne, podporujeme jeho členstvo v EÚ

Na pozvanie ministra zahraničných vecí a európskych záležitostí Slovenskej republiky Ivana Korčoka pricestoval vo štvrtok 28. októbra do Bratislavy na oficiálnu návštevu minister zahraničných vecí Srbskej republiky Nikola Selaković. Ministri zhodnotili vzájomnú spoluprácu, pričom sa zhodli, že v ekonomicko-obchodnej oblasti je stále priestor pre jej posilnenie. Výbornou príležitosťou na to bude medzivládna slovensko-srbská komisia pre …

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Európska centrálna banka ponechala pandemické stimuly bez zmeny

Európska centrálna banka (ECB) vo štvrtok ponechala pandemické stimuly bez zmeny, hoci spotrebiteľské ceny stúpajú a centrálne banky v iných častiach sveta sa snažia obmedziť podporné opatrenia v čase, keď sa ekonomiky spamätávajú z najhorších dopadov pandémie. Banka potvrdila, že program spätných nákupov dlhopisov, do ktorého plánuje celkovo vložiť 1,85 bilióna eur, bude pokračovať prinajmenšom …

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V. Bilčík Ficovi: Europarlament nikam neodchádza. Kompetentných vypočuje o uniknutých nahrávkach

Výbor pre pre občianske slobody, spravodlivosť a vnútorné veci (LIBE) dnes na návrh europoslanca Bilčíka (SPOLU/EPP) schválil, že v decembri sa uskutoční ďalšie vypočúvanie monitorovacej skupiny Európskeho parlamentu pre demokraciu, právny štát a základné práva (DRFMG). Bude sa týkať uniknutých nahrávok, ktoré sa v posledných dňoch postupne dostávajú do médií, ako aj reforiem, ktoré majú …

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Najnovší diel diskusie VIDÍME SA s Róbertom Vassom

“Veľkosť krajiny nedefinuje počet jej obyvateľov, ale počet veľkých myšlienok, ktoré viete v tej krajine vyprodukovať,” pripomína Róbert Vass. Zaujíma vás, čo pre Slovensko znamenal vstup do Európskej únie alebo do NATO, ako vznikol think tank Globsec a aký potenciál má Slovensko napriek tomu, že je malou krajinou? Odpovede na tieto ale aj ďalšie otázky …

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Michal Šimečka: Európska Komisia preskúma slovenské tresty za marihuanu

Európska Komisia ako “strážkyňa zmlúv” preskúma vysoké tresty, ktoré SR udeľuje za držanie marihuany a jej lekárske využívanie. Uviedla to európska komisárka Ylva Johansson v odpovedi na žiadosť Michala Šimečku, europoslanca a podpredsedu Progresívneho Slovenska. Šimečka inicioval žiadosť Komisii o zásah proti drakonickým slovenským trestom za marihuanu v septembri 2021, k jeho žiadosti sa pridali …

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V. Remišová: Strategický plán pre čerpanie 12,8 miliardy eur sme odoslali do Bruselu

Plán na čerpanie takmer 13 miliárd eur z nových eurofondov je pripravený. Ministerstvo investícií, regionálneho rozvoja a informatizácie SR odoslalo Európskej komisii návrh Operačného programu Slovensko (OP Slovensko). „Ide o kľúčový dokument, ktorý definuje konkrétne priority, oblasti a podmienky, ako bude Slovensko čerpať 12,8 miliárd eur z nového eurofondového balíka v rokoch 2021 – 2027,“ …

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Ivan Štefanec: Spolupráca demokratických štátov je kľúčová

Na konferencii Globsec včera vystúpil europoslanec a vedúci slovenskej delegácie pri Európskej ľudovej strane Ivan Štefanec (KDH) v paneli o ekonomickej obnove po pandémii. V diskusii Štefanec uviedol, že úzka spolupráca demokratických štátov bude pre celý svet kľúčová. “Demokracie sú prirodzenými spojencami a dokážu vytvárať ekonomické a bezpečnostné bloky, ktorých výsledky sú prospešné pre celý …

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L. Ďuriš Nicholsonová podáva trestné oznámenie pre okradnutie Fica

Poslankyňa Európskeho parlamentu Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová podáva trestné oznámenie, že predsedu strany Smer – sociálna demokracia (Smer-SD) Roberta Fica niekto v centrále strany okradol o 50-tisíc eur a zlaté mince. Nicholsonová o tom informovala vo svojom profile na sociálnej sieti. „Zajtra sa obrátim s trestným oznámením na Generálnu prokuratúru, lebo som sa z dôveryhodného zdroja …

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Environmentálnu značku EÚ po novom nájdeme aj na kozmetických výrobkoch

Európska komisia prijala nové kritériá týkajúce sa environmentálnej značky EÚ (tzv. Ecolabel) pre kozmetické výrobky a výrobky určené na starostlivosť o domáce zvieratá. Tie spotrebiteľom v celej EÚ ponúkajú dôveryhodný dôkaz o značkách, ktoré sú skutočne ekologické. Až tri zo štyroch výrobkov starostlivosti, ktoré v súčasnosti nájdeme v európskych obchodoch, sú označené za ekologické, ale mnohé z týchto tvrdení sú zavádzajúce. Environmentálna značka EÚ je spoľahlivá značka …

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Tibor Gregor z Klubu 500: Nemáme žiadne opatrenia na kompenzáciu vysokých cien, hrozí krach dodávateľov energií

BRATISLAVA / Tretia vlna pandémie je v plnom prúde a na Slovensku popri nízkej zaočkovanosti, zapĺňaním nemocničných lôžok a každodenným prírastkom mŕtvch, musíme riešiť aj neskutočný skok v náraste cien energií. Cena plynu je historicky najvyššia, za elektrinu platíme 200-násobne viac v porovnaní s dlhodobým priemerom. Ako sa vysporiadame s prognózami o krachu dodávateľov energií, …

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EUROPOL: Polícia z Belgicka, Talianska a Luxemburska rozpustila skupinu zneužívajúcu robotníkov

Belgická federálna polícia, talianska finančná polícia a luxemburská justičná polícia rozpustili veľkú organizovanú skupinu, ktorá sa angažovala v podvodnej činnosti a praní špinavých peňazí. Na svojej webstránke o tom informoval Europol, ktorý operáciu podporil. Kriminálna organizácia, ktorú riadila jediná talianska rodina, vlastnila niekoľko spoločností v Taliansku, Rumunsku a na Slovensku. Tie najímali miestnych robotníkov, ktorých …

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EÚ by mala prešetriť možné manipulácie na trhoch s energiami a emisnými kvótami, žiada Slovensko

Európska únia (EÚ) by mala prešetriť možné manipulácie na trhoch s energiami a emisnými kvótami. Na rokovaní ministrov Rady EÚ pre energetiku v Luxemburgu o to požiadal štátny tajomník slovenského ministerstva hospodárstva Karol Galek. „V rámci analýzy fungovania trhu s energiou je potrebné preskúmať koncept stanovovania cien a spôsob ako by mohli spotrebitelia v krajinách …

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Obnoviteľné zdroje sa vlani v únii stali hlavným zdrojom výroby elektriny

Hlavným zdrojom výroby elektriny sa v Európskej únii v roku 2020 prvýkrát stali obnoviteľné zdroje, čiže predbehli fosílne palivá. Z obnoviteľných zdrojov sa vlani v EÚ vyrobilo 38 percent elektriny, pričom z fosílnych palív sa vyprodukovalo 37 percent elektriny. Konštatuje to Správa o stave energetickej únie, o ktorej na svojej internetovej stránke informuje Európska komisia. …

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Ivan Štefanec: Návšteva pápeža na Slovensku v Európe stále rezonuje

Podľa europoslanca a vedúceho slovenskej delegácie pri Európskej ľudovej strane Ivana Štefanca (KDH) návšteva pápeža Františka na Slovensku v Európe stále rezonuje a jeho myšlienky sa rozoberajú. Povedal to v pondelok v relácii Rádia Lumen Zaostrené. “Návšteva zaujala kvôli svojej neobvyklej dĺžke, výberu stretnutí aj myšlienkami, ktoré odzneli. Všeobecne sa považuje za prelomovú a za …

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Tento týždeň v europarlamente: rodová rovnosť, kybernetická bezpečnosť a organizovaný zločin

Európsky parlament oslavuje týždeň rodovej rovnosti. Na programe sú aj kybernetická bezpečnosť, zneužívanie finančných prostriedkov a digitálny sektor.  Európsky týždeň rodovej rovnosti  Parlament organizuje od 25. do 28. októbra v poradí druhý Európsky týždeň rodovej rovnosti, počas ktorého sa v mnohých výboroch konajú diskusie a verejné vypočutia zamerané na rodovú rovnosť. Diskusie môžete sledovať naživo prostredníctvom multimediálneho centra …

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Európska lieková agentúra odporúča tretiu dávku vakcíny od Moderny

Európska lieková agentúra (EMA) odporučila podávanie tretej posilňujúcej dávky vakcíny proti ochoreniu COVID-19 od spoločnosti Moderna dospelým ľuďom. Vo vyhlásení v pondelok uviedla, že analýza ukázala, že tretia dávka podaná najskôr po šiestich mesiacoch od druhého očkovania viedla k zvýšeniu protilátok u ľudí, ktorých úrovne oslabovali. Posilňujúca dávka predstavuje polovičné množstvo z bežnej dávky podávanej …

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Konferencia o budúcnosti Európy: prebehlo druhé plenárne zasadnutie

V sobotu 23. októbra sa v priestoroch Európskeho parlamentu v Štrasburgu konalo druhé plenárne zasadnutie konferencie, na ktorom sa rozoberali príspevky občanov k diskusii o budúcnosti EÚ. Do kresiel v pléne zasadlo 80 zástupcov európskych panelových diskusií občanov. Zasadnutie sa venovalo príspevkom občanov zo všetkých častí konferencie, ktorými sú: európske panelové diskusie občanov (prvé dojmy, tematické …

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EK zostavila portfólio 10 najsľubnejších liekov proti ochoreniu COVID-19

Komisia v pondelok v rámci vykonávania kľúčových opatrení stratégie EÚ v oblasti liečby COVID-19 zostavuje portfólio 10 potenciálnych liekov proti ochoreniu COVID-19. Tento zoznam je založený na nezávislých vedeckých odporúčaniach a zameriava sa na potenciálne lieky proti ochoreniu COVID-19, ktoré budú pravdepodobne schválené, a tým pádom by čoskoro mohli byť k dispozícii na európskom trhu. …

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Európska komisia odkazuje Poľsku, že v únii nie je miesto na vojnovú rétoriku

Európska komisia (EK) v pondelok odkázala Poľsku, že medzi partnermi v Európskej únii (EÚ) „nie je miesto pre rétoriku odkazujúcu na vojnu“. Reagovala na vyjadrenie poľského premiéra Mateusza Morawieckého, ktorý vyhlásil, že ak Brusel Poľsku zastaví financovanie z eurofondov, bude to fakticky znamenať rozpútanie tretej svetovej vojny. Morawiecki v rozhovore pre denník Financial Times vyhlásil, …

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Spoločnosť Merck požiadala Európsku liekovú agentúru o schválenie tabletky proti COVID-19

Farmaceutická firma Merck požiadala Európsku liekovú agentúru (EMA) o schválenie tabletky proti ochoreniu COVID-19. Podľa vyhlásenia, ktoré spoločnosť zverejnila v pondelok, už EMA začala zrýchlený registračný proces. V prípade schválenia by sa pilulka pod označením molnupiravir stala prvým liekom na ochorenie COVID-19, ktorý nie je potrebné podávať injekčne alebo intravenóznou infúziou. O registráciu tejto tabletky …

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Europeans strongly support science and technology according to new Eurobarometer survey

European Green Deal: Commission launches public consultation for cleaner air

Pulling the plug on consumer frustration and e-waste: Commission proposes a common charger for electronic devices
The Commission takes an important step against e-waste and consumer inconvenience, caused by the prevalence of different, incompatible chargers for electronic devices. Years of working with industry on a voluntary approach already brought down the number of mobile phone chargers from 30 to 3 within the last decade, but could not deliver a complete solution. The Commission is now putting forward legislation to establish a common charging solution for all relevant devices.

Coronavirus: Commission signs contract for the supply of a monoclonal antibody treatment

EU and Colombia today open a new chapter to strengthen bilateral relations

Reviewing EU insurance rules: encouraging insurers to invest in Europe's future
The European Commission has today adopted a comprehensive review of EU insurance rules (known as “Solvency II”) so that insurance companies can scale up long-term investment in Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

SURE: Report confirms instrument's success in protecting jobs and incomes
The Commission has published its second report on the impact of SURE, the €100 billion instrument designed to protect jobs and incomes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.The report finds that SURE has been successful in cushioning the severe socio-economic impact resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. National labour market measures supported by SURE are estimated to have reduced unemployment by almost 1.5 million people in 2020.

Trade and sustainability: Commission proposes new EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences to promote sustainable development in low-income countries
The Commission has adopted the legislative proposal for the new EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) for the period 2024-2034. The Commission is proposing to improve some of the key features of the scheme to better respond to the evolving needs and challenges of GSP countries as well as reinforce the scheme's social, labour environmental and climate dimension.

Commission launches new Erasmus+ app with an integrated European Student Card
Today, the Commission launched the new Erasmus+ application, marking a new milestone in the digitalisation of the Erasmus+ programme. The new application, available in all EU languages, will provide a digital European Student Card to each student, valid all across the European Union. The future is digital, and this renewed app will make sure students are going even more paperless.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
Ministers assessed the state of play in EU-UK relations, in light of recent events regarding the implementation of the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič updated ministers on the latest developments, including his recent visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland, and ministers reiterated their support for the European Commission's approach.

EU announces additional €119.5 million support to democracy and human rights for 2021

Joint EU-US Press Release on the Global Methane Pledge

Plenary highlights: State of the EU, Afghanistan, health
MEPs discussed the state of the EU and the situation in Afghanistan and approved the EU Blue Card reform and a fund to help with the impact of Brexit during September's plenary session.

Mediterranean and Black Seas: Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2022

Team Europe: €34 billion disbursed so far to tackle COVID-19 in partner countries

European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA): Getting ready for future health emergencies
The European Commission is launching the European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to health emergencies. HERA will anticipate threats and potential health crises, through intelligence gathering and building the necessary response capacities.

State of the Union 2021
In her State of the Union address on 15 September 2021, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen outlined flagship initiatives which the Commission plans to undertake in the coming year.

State of the Union: Commission proposes a Path to the Digital Decade to deliver the EU's digital transformation by 2030
Today, the Commission proposed a Path to the Digital Decade, a concrete plan to achieve the digital transformation of our society and economy by 2030. The proposed Path to the Digital Decade will translate the EUʼs digital ambitions for 2030 into a concrete delivery mechanism.

State of the Union: Commission calls on Member States to improve journalists' safety across the EU

New European Bauhaus: new actions and funding to link sustainability to style and inclusion
Today, the Commission adopts a Communication setting out the concept of the New European Bauhaus. This includes a number of policy actions and funding possibilities. The project aims at accelerating the transformation of various economic sectors such as construction and textiles in order to provide access to all citizens to goods that are circular and less carbon intensive.

European Health Union: better disease prevention and cross-border cooperation
MEPs are ready to negotiate with member states to reinforce the EU’s disease prevention and control framework and jointly tackle cross-border health threats. The proposal to extend the mandate of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) was adopted with 598 votes in favour, 84 against and 13 abstentions.

NextGenerationEU: Fourth bond issuance maintains strong momentum for EU borrowing for recovery
The European Commission has today raised a further €9 billion to support Europe's recovery from the coronavirus crisis and its consequences, through the fourth NextGenerationEU bond issuance since the start of the programme in mid-June.

Same-sex marriages and partnerships should be recognised across the EU
The EU should lift all obstacles facing LGBTIQ people when exercising their basic rights, say MEPs. In a resolution on the rights of LGBTIQ persons in the EU (adopted with 387 votes in favour, 161 against and 123 abstaining), the European Parliament emphasises that these citizens should be able to fully exercise their rights, including the right to free movement, everywhere in the Union.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup discussed the economic situation and how to manage the uneven impact of COVID-19 in the euro area. Ministers also looked into the corporate solvency and adjustment capacity in the recovery period and were informed by the ECB on the latest steps related to the digital euro project.

2021 Strategic Foresight Report: Enhancing the EU's long-term capacity and freedom to act
The Commission has adopted its second annual Strategic Foresight Report – “The EU's capacity and freedom to act”. This Communication presents a forward-looking and multidisciplinary perspective on the EU's open strategic autonomy in an increasingly multipolar and contested global order.

NextGenerationEU: European Commission gearing up for issuing €250 billion of NextGenerationEU green bonds
The European Commission has adopted an independently evaluated Green Bond framework, thus taking a step forward towards the issuance of up to €250 billion green bonds, or 30% of NextGenerationEU's total issuance.

Coronavirus: 70% of the EU adult population fully vaccinated
Today, the EU has reached a crucial milestone with 70% of the adult population now fully vaccinated. In total, over 256 million adults in the EU have now received a full vaccine course.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Home affairs ministers met to discuss developments in Afghanistan, more specifically in relation to potential implications in the areas of international protection, migration and security. The Council adopted a statement on the matter.

COVID-19: Council removes 5 countries and one entity/territorial authority from the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted

G7 meeting on Afghanistan
On 24 August, G7 leaders met via video conference to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and to coordinate international action. Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen represented the EU at the virtual meeting.

Coronavirus: Commission approves new contract for a potential COVID-19 vaccine with Novavax
The European Commission has approved its seventh Advanced Purchase Agreement (APA) with a pharmaceutical company to ensure access to a potential vaccine against COVID-19 in Q4 of 2021 and in 2022.

2021 Rule of Law: EU report shows positive developments in Member States but also points to serious concerns
The European Commission has published the second EU-wide Report on the Rule of Law with a Communication looking at the situation in the EU as a whole and dedicated country chapters on each Member State.

Beating financial crime: Commission overhauls anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism rules
The European Commission has presented an ambitious package of legislative proposals to strengthen the EU's anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing (AML/CFT) rules. The package also includes the proposal for the creation of a new EU authority to fight money laundering.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
EU agriculture ministers met in Brussels to discuss the EU's organic action plan, agriculture-related trade issues and the Slovenian presidency's priorities for agriculture and fisheries.

European Green Deal: Commission proposes new strategy to protect and restore EU forests
The European Commission has adopted the New EU Forest Strategy for 2030, a flagship initiative of the European Green Deal that builds on the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.

July infringements package: key decisions

COVID-19 travel restrictions: EU reviews list of third countries

European Green Deal: Commission proposes transformation of EU economy and society to meet climate ambitions
The European Commission has adopted a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
EU economic and finance ministers approved 12 Council decisions on national recovery and resilience plans, exchanged views on the Commission's new sustainable finance proposals, and approved conclusions on in-depth reviews of member states' macroeconomic imbalances.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
EU ministers of foreign affairs discussed current affairs and exchanged views on the geopolitics of new digital technologies, Ethiopia and the Strategic Compass. The Council also approved conclusions on a Globally Connected Europe and on the EU's priorities at the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations.

Plenary highlights: LGBTIQ in Hungary, migration, infrastructure
MEPs criticised new LGBTIQ rules in Hungary, approved funds for migration measures as well as investments for transport, digital and energy projects.

Antitrust: Commission fines car manufacturers €875 million for restricting competition in emission cleaning for new diesel passenger cars
The European Commission has found that Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen group (Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche) breached EU antitrust rules by colluding on technical development in the area of nitrogen oxide cleaning.

EU Justice Scoreboard 2021: digital tools help courts and prosecution services mitigate COVID-19 challenges
The European Commission has published the 2021 EU Justice Scoreboard, an annual overview providing comparative data on the efficiency, quality and independence of justice systems in all EU Member States.

€30 billion for infrastructure projects connecting EU regions
Parliament has adopted the upgraded Connecting Europe Facility programme and released new funds for transport, digital and energy projects for 2021-2027.

Summer 2021 Economic Forecast: Reopening fuels recovery
The European economy is forecast to rebound faster than previously expected, as activity in the first quarter of the year exceeded expectations and the improved health situation prompted a swifter easing of pandemic control restrictions in the second quarter.

Commission puts forward new strategy to make the EU's financial system more sustainable and proposes new European Green Bond Standard
The European Commission has adopted a number of measures to increase its level of ambition on sustainable finance.

Farm to Fork Strategy: 65 companies and associations sign the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices
The Commission, alongside industry stakeholders, has officially launched the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices, another deliverable under the Commission's Farm to Fork Strategy.

Eastern Partnership: a renewed agenda for recovery, resilience and reform underpinned by an Economic and Investment plan
The European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have outlined a proposal on how to take forward priorities for cooperation with our Eastern partners in the years to come.

Long-term vision for rural areas: for stronger, connected, resilient, prosperous EU rural areas

Consumer protection: Commission revises EU rules on product safety and consumer credit
The European Commission has proposed revisions of two sets of EU rules to enhance consumer rights in a world reshaped by digitalisation and the COVID-19 pandemic.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission to propose phasing out of cages for farm animals
The Commission has decided to positively respond to the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) “End the Cage Age”, the sixth successful initiative supported by over 1 million citizens across the EU. In its reply, the Commission sets out plans for a legislative proposal by 2023 to prohibit cages for a number of farm animals.

COVID-19 Therapeutics Strategy: Commission identifies five promising candidate therapeutics
The EU Strategy on COVID-19 Therapeutics delivers its first outcome, with the announcement of the first portfolio of five therapeutics that could soon be available to treat patients across the EU.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
At the June Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Luxembourg, ministers discussed a range of topics including the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, setting a protection goal for bees, fisheries control, the market situation, and the recent extreme weather event in Czechia.

Commission proposes coordinated measures for the safe reopening of the cultural and creative sectors
The Commission has published EU guidelines to ensure the safe resumption of activities in the cultural and creative sectors across the EU. The guidelines aim to provide a coordinated approach in line with the specific national, regional and local conditions.

Occupational safety and health in a changing world of work
The Commission is renewing its commitment to update occupational safety and health rules by adopting the EU strategic framework on health and safety at work 2021-2027. It sets out the key actions needed to improve workers' health and safety over the coming years.

Main results of the European Council
At their meeting in Brussels, EU leaders agreed to step up coordination on COVID-19 measures, including vaccinations, global solidarity, new variants and ways to return to free movement of people. They also discussed economic recovery, migration, relations with Turkey and Russia, and addressed the issue of discrimination against LGBTQI people.

EU Climate Law: MEPs confirm deal on climate neutrality by 2050
The new EU Climate Law increases the EU’s 2030 emissions reductions target from 40% to at least 55%. With the contribution from new carbon sinks it could raise to 57%.

EU Cybersecurity: Commission proposes a Joint Cyber Unit to step up response to large-scale security incidents
The Commission has laid out a vision to build a new Joint Cyber Unit to tackle the rising number of serious cyber incidents impacting public services, as well as the life of businesses and citizens across the European Union.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: Commission supports researchers and organisations with €822 million in 2021
The Commission has announced new calls to support researchers' training, skills and career development under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), the EU's flagship funding programme under Horizon Europe for doctoral education and postdoctoral training.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

European Innovation Scoreboard: Innovation performance keeps improving in EU Member States and regions
The Commission has released the European Innovation Scoreboard 2021, which shows that Europe's innovation performance continues to improve across the EU. On average, innovation performance has increased by 12.5% since 2014.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
EU ministers of foreign affairs were briefed about current affairs, and exchanged views on Belarus, Iraq and Latin America and the Caribbean. The Council also adopted conclusions on Cultural Heritage, and sanctions regarding Belarus and Myanmar/Burma.

COVID-19: EU lifts travel restrictions for more countries

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
EU economic and finance ministers took stock of the economic recovery in Europe, exchanged views on the ongoing VAT files and the state of play of the banking union. They also discussed fiscal sustainability in the framework of the European Semester 2021.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup was informed on the post-programme surveillance reports on Cyprus, Portugal, Ireland and Spain, and discussed the tenth enhanced surveillance report on Greece.

Main results of the EU-Canada summit
At a summit held in Brussels on 14 June, the leaders of the EU and Canada agreed to further strengthen their strategic partnership. They committed to ensuring universal access to COVID-19 vaccines, ambitious climate action, and a sustainable and green economic recovery. The EU and Canada will also cooperate more closely in the areas of health, ocean protection, raw materials, and security and defence.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
Employment and social affairs ministers discussed minimum wages, the follow up of the Porto Social Summit and new challenges for social dialogue and collective bargaining. Meanwhile, health ministers discussed a reinforced role for the European Medicines Agency in crisis preparedness, and access to medicines and medical devices.

NextGenerationEU: European Commission raises €20 billion in first transaction to support Europe's recovery

Main results of the EU-US summit
The EU-US summit on 15 June delivered a series of bilateral trade initiatives. Leaders agreed to resolve long-standing disputes regarding aircraft, discuss measures on steel and aluminium, and set up a Trade and Technology Council. They also discussed COVID-19 vaccines, ensuring a sustainable recovery, protecting the planet and cooperating on foreign and security issues.